Charles Joly recently departed the Aviary, but he wowed us earlier this year with his inventive take on the Jungle Bird, a tiki classic. With layers of pineapple-lime syrup, Campari mixed with spherified rum balls, Caña Brava rum and Gosling’s rum, the drink was as striking as it was delicious. $28.
With a spate of new cocktail bars and breweries, this was a very good drinking year in Chicago. Three Dots and a Dash and the Aviary picked up awards at national (and international) levels, while new breweries Off Color, Forbidden Root and Moody Tongue released exceptional beers as soon as they launched. And, of course, we didn't only drink booze this year—a Chinese tea shop and a glam juicer also made our list. Here are the 20 best drinks in Chicago this year.
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